Stavros Lambrinidis appointed first EU Special Representative for Human Rights

July 26, 2012, Brussels — The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the appointment of Stavros Lambrinidis as the first EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights. The July 25 appointment follows a proposal by Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission. Mr. Lambrinidis, a Greek attorney, …

Europe, US, Canada raise Tibet at UN Human Rights Council; call on China to grant rights and access to outside observers

Geneva, June 28, 2012. — Government delegations to the U.N. Human Rights Council spoke publicly about the worsening human rights situation in Tibet today as part of Item 4 on the Council’s agenda (20th session), “Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.” The countries raising Tibet were: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, …

Vivid new footage shows young Tibetan being beaten by police while on fire

New footage has emerged of a 22-year old Tibetan exploding in flames and being beaten by police as Tibetans converge upon the scene amidst tear-gas. The footage provides dramatic visual documentation of a self-immolation on January 14 in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) which led to a protest, and police firing into the crowd. A number of …

Governments confront China at UN Human Rights Council

ICT, Geneva, March 14, 2012   –   European governments and the United States raised strong concern about Tibet in their statements to the U.N. Human Rights Council yesterday (March 13) as part of the key Item 4 “HR situations that require the Council’s attention.” Chinese delegates at the multilateral forum impose substantial pressure on countries not to raise …

Tibetan Leader Calls on China to Respond to Middle Way Policy on Tibet

The Tibetan leader, Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the ‘Middle Way’ approach and expressed “hope that China’s upcoming leaders will initiate genuine change” to resolve the Tibetan issue through dialogue. In his statement on the 53rd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of March 10, 1959, the Kalon Tripa referred …

Memorandum on the Call for an EU Special Coordinator for Tibetan Affairs

The Tibetan struggle: A case of exemplary non-violent struggle for freedom For over five decades, under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan freedom struggle has remained strictly non-violent.  After the devolution of his political authority to the democratically elected leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan political leadership in exile …

UN Human Rights Council publishes written statement on discrimination in Tibet

GENEVA—The Secretary-General of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has published an NGO-submitted written statement detailing the discrimination facing Tibetans in Tibet. The statement, submitted by the Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitie entre les peuples (MRAP), will be circulated at the 19th Session of the UNHRC which meets in Geneva, Switzerland from …

EU receives petition on Tibet

On 1 February 2012, the International Campaign for Tibet handed over a petition on Tibet signed by 677,569 individuals to representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The petition is sponsored by Avaaz, a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making around the world. ICT’s Executive Director Tsering Jampa, EU Policy Director …

A message to the president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and to the president of the European Commission José Manuel

EU-China Summit must tackle Tibet crisis The European Union has an important opportunity with the EU-China Summit next week to call upon the Chinese leadership to use restraint and end the crackdown in eastern Tibet at a time of crisis. The president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the president of the European …